Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Space Oddity

In July, we told you about Lisa Marie Nowak, a shuttle astronaut and the first female Italian-American in space. We held her up as a good role model for young girls everywhere.

Well, never mind...

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Nowak was charged with attempted kidnapping, battery, attempted vehicle burglary with battery and destruction of evidence, after police say she attacked her rival for a male astronaut's attention at Orlando International Airport yesterday.

According to the paper:

Nowak -- who was a mission specialist on a Space Shuttle Discovery flight last summer -- was wearing a trench coat and wig and had a knife, BB pistol, and latex gloves in her car, reports show. They also found diapers, which Nowak said she used so she wouldn't have to stop on the 1,000-mile drive. Reports show that after U.S. Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman's flight arrived, Nowak followed her to the airport's Blue Lot for long-term parking, tried to get into Shipman's car and then doused her with pepper spray.

Nowak's arrest may be the first-ever felony charges filed on an active-duty astronaut, according to NASA.

UPDATE MARCH 21 -- Navy Capt. Lisa Nowak has been fired by NASA. She will go back to her military duties and work on developing curriculum and training programs when she joins the staff of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command in Corpus Christi next month, said a Navy spokesman. Nowak could go on trial in July.